health

A Prospective Study of Surgical Outcomes and Quality of Life in Severe Foot Trauma and Associated Compartment Syndrome After Fasciotomy

October 30, 2014

The purpose of the present prospective study was to analyze the predictors of outcome and review the quality of life of patients who underwent emergency fasciotomy for foot compartment syndrome after blunt trauma. A total of 14 patients were identified and followed for an average of 24 (range 14 to 33) months. The mean interval from initial presentation to decompressive fasciotomy was 5.8 (range 3 to 11) hours.

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10 ways to apply social tools for an improved patient experience

October 28, 2014

The pressures and drivers to reduce costs, improve quality, emphasize prevention and increase access are making social media and the underlying technologies more attractive to healthcare leaders. They can be effective and efficient tools for the delivery of communications to targeted individuals and/or populations

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As insurers try to limit costs, providers hit patients with more separate fees

October 28, 2014

Leo Boudreau of Massachusetts was thrilled to find a psychologist in his insurance network to treat his teenage daughter for emotional stress related to a medical condition.

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Black diabetics lose a leg 3 times more often

October 28, 2014

Black diabetics have leg amputations more often than non-blacks do in every part of the U.S., according to a new report that analyzed variations in care. Black patients are nearly three times as likely to lose limbs overall, though the disparity is greater in some areas, particularly the South, according to the report from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.

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Independent impact of gout on the risk of diabetes mellitus among women and men: A population-based, BMI-matched cohort study

October 21, 2014

Evidence on the potential independent impact of gout on the risk of diabetes is limited to a single study of men with a high cardiovascular risk profile.

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Report shows disparities in US diabetes prevention, amputation

October 21, 2014

Differences in amputation rates for diabetes complications are a sign that disparities in care by region and race start much earlier, according to a new report. U.S.

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New procedure can ease pain from ankle arthritis without limiting the ankle’s mobility

October 21, 2014

It’s a surgery that is becoming increasingly more common. Ankle replacements usually are needed because of a bad accident or arthritis. But artificial ankles have come a long way and not all of them are the same

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Is Our Current Paradigm for Evaluation and Management of the Bunion Deformity Flawed? A Discussion of Procedure Philosophy Relative to Anatomy

October 18, 2014

Of the > 100 procedures that have been proposed to treat hallux valgus or the “bunion” deformity, most have focused on correction through metatarsal osteotomies at various levels combined with soft tissue balancing procedures at the first metatarsophalangeal joint.

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What doctors can tell about your health just by looking at your feet

October 14, 2014

The feet do a lot more than simply carry us from place to place. They can also provide important clues about our health, from showing us if we’re dehydrated to pointing to bigger problems, like impaired circulation or lung disease. Changes in how your feet look or feel can be the first sign of serious issues that, if caught early, could save your life.

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Effect of oral nutritional supplementation on wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers: a prospective randomized controlled trial

October 7, 2014

Among people with diabetes, 10-25 percent will experience a foot ulcer. Research has shown that supplementation with arginine, glutamine and β-hydroxy-β-methylbutyrate may improve wound repair. This study tested whether such supplementation would improve healing of foot ulcers in persons with diabetes.

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